RMR’s 2021 Top 10 Records

RMR's 2021 Top 10 Records

2021 has been a productive year for the RMR ‘zine. Many a band out there used the times of Covid to issue one or even two records. And the outcome was often stellar. It really seems that times of crisis like this one stimulate all those artistic neurons with sometimes fantastic outcomes.

And interestingly, this year didn’t predominantly affect one style only. Instead, we were literally flooded with good and often great material in rock, folk, and – surely – metal. True, the extreme spectrum of the metallic realm got its fair share again. And tech and prog also contributed … [...] Click to raid more!

2021 and The Extreme: Black, Death, and the Arcane!

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Some years have a darker more ominous feel to them. And 2021 surely exudes those waves of additional woe in more ways than one, and we’re not quite done with it yet. At least that is what these first few months up to August taught us. And in truth, our late prog and alt harvest already spoke to that. Great findings for sure from metal bands of the light, but sparse pickings nonetheless.

On the other hand, the picture is much different from the extreme folks in the metal multiverse. This year, an avalanche of distorted sounds of the arcane … [...] Click to raid more!

Exanimis – Marionnettiste (2021) – Review

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Well, I always thought the kings and queens of totally epic Symphonic Death Metal resided in Italy. From the beautiful city of Perugia, Fleshgod Apocalypse reigned supreme in that realm of the baroque world of Borgia-like undertones and crazy cinematic shenanigans. A style so full of garish colors and bizarre soundscapes that it actually should drown in a ton of cheese, yet it never did.

So far, at least.

And indeed, their reign remained pretty much unchecked. Until the RMR deck crew got a visitation from the French band Exanimis with their debut album Marionnettiste, that is. A … [...] Click to raid more!